Charles E. Gitto, Sr.

July 6, 1932July 4, 2020

Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Passed away peacefully on July 4, 2020 at the age of 87.

Son of the late George Nunzio Gitto and Francis Gitto (nee Mugavero); beloved husband of the late Anna “Annie” Gitto (nee Russo); dear father of Charles E. (Paula) Gitto, Jr., John L. (Mary Kay) Gitto, Sr., Karen M. (Jim) Gitto-Vangel and the late George Nunzio Gitto; loving grandfather of Amy (Dr. Charles) Dharmani, Charles E. Gitto III, Anna “Annie” Gitto, David (Jessica) Gitto, Carla Gitto, Louis Vangel II, John Gitto Jr., Francesca Vangel (fiance Patrick Maroon), Suzanne Gitto, Anthony (Kate) Gitto and Lillian Gitto; special great-grandfather of Sonia, Arya, Indira & Viaan Dharmani, Georgie Abraham & Nina Sophia Bouhasin and Carmella & Giuliana Gitto; dear brother of Salvator P. Gitto, the late Mary Gitto and the late George Anthony Gitto; our uncle, cousin and friend to many.

SERVICE: Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, July 9, 2020, 10:00 am at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday, July 8th from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa Street at Watson. In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie's name may be made to The American Heart Association, 460 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, Alzheimer's Association, 9370 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132 or Backstoppers, 10411 Clayton Rd., Suite 203, St. Louis, MO 63131.

Masks and social distancing required.


  • Visitation - Wednesday

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Funeral Mass - Thursday

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • Committal Service - Thursday

    Thursday, July 9, 2020


Charles E. Gitto, Sr.

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Paul Gitto

July 4, 2021

To my dear brother,

I’ve been praying for you. I prayed that you are with Jesus and Mary enjoying the Glory of God.

Paul Gitto

David Alphin

January 13, 2021

So sorry that I just found out about Charlie’s passing. We have been coming up to St Louis for Cardinal baseball for decades, and Charlie Gitto’s Restaurant was always our first stop. After our meal, I would always stop to pay my respects to Charlie while he was holding court at the bar. Also, I was the fella that kept the restaurant stocked with those Razorback Hog Hats up on the ledge.
Rest In Peace....!!
David Alphin
Fayetteville, AR

Gerard Van Dillen

August 7, 2020

My condolences to the Gitto Family. I want send my gratitude for the help, kindness, and generosity that was given to me and many others in the community. He will be missed.

Gerard Van Dillen

Beckie Dunning

July 11, 2020

I cut Charlies hair for about 10 years at the Executive salon downtown. we had many laughs as he sat in my chair. he was always complaining about the music, so we got a big band CD to play when he got his haircut.. one day he asked me why dont i come in to eat. i said, oh charlie, i can put sauce at home over noodles.. he said, ok but if u did what would u eat. I said. i like tortellini.. so 2 hours later he had a employee bring me over some tortellini.. he would get me baseball tickets, gave my daughter a great table and appetizer for her anniversary. He had veritgo alot an a few times i had to walk him back to the restaurant. he was funny and so good to me,, and yet, there was times he came in crabby. he would say to me, so what mood you in today. I said, depends on your mood.. lol he will be missed..

Kostelac Grease Service Inc.

July 10, 2020

The family of Kostelac Grease Service Inc. would like to extend our deepest sympathies for your loss.

Carol Zagarri

July 10, 2020

When I was 16 years old I went to work for Lea and Roy Russo on Sarah and west pine Rossini’s Charlie was a hot shot waiter and I was blessed to become his bus girl he was my friend and mentor. Charlie had a big German Shepard he trained and loved that dog I became his Ginny Pig 🐷 when the lunch rush was over we would go out in front of the restaurant and he would have me hold the dog by the leash charlie would be 5 or 6 feet away and call the dog he would have me do this for a hour and laugh at me because I could not hold him. I always loved him and Anne we stayed friends always. Love to all of Charlie’s family I love all of you.

Raymond Felitto

July 9, 2020

Dear Charlie,
So sad to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a St. Louis Icon who will be missed. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I know how difficult it is to lose your Dad. l lost mine 50 years ago and think about him every single day. May the good Lord bless and keep him.
My very best,
Ray Felitto

Jack and Diane Sciuto

July 9, 2020

Our condolences to the family of Charlie . He is be deeply missed. Thirty two years ago we got engaged at downtown Charlie’s. We have been going there ever since and have celebrated many anniversaries there. Charlie Gitto’s became our children’s favorite restaurant. Charlie always greeted us with a smile, kiss on the cheek , and a hug. Our children would always say” we have to say goodbye to Charlie”. He made us feel like family. ❤️🙏

Nick & Suzy Parrino

July 9, 2020

We've had so many fine & sad memories of times together, we will miss him dearly. We spoke just a few week ago & remembered how much love & fun had been shared both ways. His childhood friends, Nino in particular are waiting to break his (@#÷*)

❤Love to you all

Mark Taylor

July 8, 2020

Back in the 80’s while I was GM and Liquor Rep. for Rocky Rococo’s Pizza . Charlie was always very gracious if I needed a food item I ran out of for my Pizza’s. We traded baseball stories and customer experiences at his bar many nights. He will be deeply missed. R.I.P Charlie and God bless 🙏🙏🙏